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Whether for 2 minutes or 42 minutes, we must be able to communicate our message effectively. All of us participate in some form of public speaking. Whether it be speaking to your boss about a new product line, pitching your business to a group of investors or just trying to get your team on the same page, you should be able to communicate your message effectively. You want to engage and inspire your audience. You want to be able to…Find out more »
Foundations, corporations and other funders are becoming increasingly interested in the impacts their grantees are having solving issues in the community. Grant proposals often require organizations to describe how their programs are being evaluated and the expected outcomes of those programs. In today's increasingly competitive market for philanthropic dollars, it is critical for nonprofit organizations to be able to include evaluation methodology information. This workshop will provide insight about writing the evaluation section of grant proposals including how to describe…Find out more »
This session will discuss the selection of QuickBooks software and the features included; illustrate how to navigate the software and perform common tasks; and offer a basic understanding of how to use QuickBooks accounting software in a nonprofit environment. Attendees will learn how to navigate the software (with a focus on the desktop versions) and perform common types of transactions such as: • Process basic accounts receivable and accounts payable transactions • Reconcile a bank statement • Prepare common reports…Find out more »
As the development professional charged with the responsibility of fundraising strategy, how does one build an annual development plan? Whether starting from scratch or expanding an existing annual fundraising operation, there are essential components, people and processes necessary to being successful. This session offers practical advice to create an annual fundraising plan. Learning objectives: Components, people and processes Mechanics of building a plan Course Outline: Components, people and processes Mechanics of building a plan Program Level: Entry to mid-level fundraising…Find out more »
Learn the intricacies of the legal and accounting risks with special events. Gain an understanding of how special events (marathons, walks, galas, etc) impact your nonprofit organization. Learn the nuances between the GAAP and tax reporting of special events. Learning Objective: Participants will understand the impacts of the legal and accounting risk for their nonprofit organization. Course Outline: New events Volunteer considerations Legal risk Insurance as a mitigation strategy Sponsorships (Tax and GAAP) Financial reporting Tax compliance Program Level: Basic…Find out more »
Message creation is all about finding the perfect words cultivating a distinctive tone that feels like you, your brand, or your organization. It’s about staying true to yourself and your story while ensuring that your voice is heard by the people who need to hear it. This seminar discusses harnessing your unique voice, understanding your ideal audience, and creating messages that captivate, educate, and move them. Then, we translate that voice into writing articles, blog posts, website copy, speeches, podcasts,…Find out more »
Often, the quietest part of a staff or board meeting is the financial portion of the agenda. Financials can be overwhelming and confusing if you don’t understand what you are looking at or aren’t comfortable asking questions. However, it is important for nonprofit professionals and board members alike to be able to understand financial reports as they are vital to the organization’s operations and sustainability. During this workshop, you will learn how to read your organization’s financial story by reviewing…Find out more »
Surveys often play an integral role in data collection and analysis, and proper survey design is key to ensuring you are getting answers to the questions you have about your program and its results. Question creation is one of the most important aspects of an evaluation--the types of questions asked and the way they are asked can affect the data you are able to collect as well as the questions you are able to answer about your program. This workshop…Find out more »
Navigating Uncharted Territory: Current Trends in Philanthropy, Fundraising and the Nonprofit Sector
Following nonprofit sector news these days can leave fundraising professionals feeling alarmed. Stories about the new tax law, growth of donor advised funds and increasing wealth inequality mostly abound with dire predictions, leaving some of us wondering whether the sky is truly falling. This session will provide 2018 Giving USA data showing the effects of the new tax law on philanthropy and offer insights about the current environment to distinguish the sensational headlines from real emerging concerns. Practitioners will leave…Find out more »
Why are so many volunteers and staff members reluctant to participate in approaching prospects and donors? How can board chairs, development committee members, nonprofit CEOs and professional fundraising staff lead their board and volunteer teams to own - and even enjoy - the essential and ultimately rewarding work of major gifts fundraising? This workshop provides practical concepts, tools, and activities for: Understanding prospect and donor needs, and Increasing the comfort level and confidence of staff and volunteers in approaching prospects…Find out more »